Building peace in the minds of men and women

Happy Sir Learie Constantine during his installation as Rector. © Gloria T. Valère

Constantine Collection

Registration year: 2011
Submission year: 
2010
Collection ID: 
2010-75

The Constantine Collection documents both the public and private life of the late Learie Nicholas Constantine, Baron Constantine of Maraval, in Trinidad and Tobago and of Nelson, in the County Palatine of Lancaster whose professional career as a cricketer revolutionized League Cricket and paved the way for the West Indian cricketers to play in the United Kingdom cricket leagues after World War II. He was a Pan Africanist, Head of the League of Coloured Peoples, a politician, diplomat, broadcaster, journalist, lecturer and a respected author. He was the first person of African descent to become: a member of the House of Lords in 1969, a member of the Race Relations Board, Sports Council and Governor of the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC). His sterling achievements are significant as they were attained at a critical era in world history, when the exclusion of people of colour in political, social and economic life was openly supported by legislation in some countries such as the oppressive apartheid system in South Africa and segregation based on colour in North America.

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Happy Sir Learie Constantine during his installation as Rector. © Gloria T. Valère
Happy Sir Learie Constantine during his installation as Rector.
© Gloria T. Valère
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